Stampede at Hindu festival kills 32 in eastern India

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Posted: Oct 03, 2014 12:03 PM

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - At least 32 people were killed in a stampede during a Hindu festival in the eastern Indian state of Bihar on Friday, the state police chief said.

A huge crowd had gathered at an outdoor venue in the state capital Patna for the burning of effigies at dusk, part of the Dusshera festival.

Officials said the stampede happened as people were leaving at the end of the event. Television channels quoted a witness as saying there were not enough lights once the ceremony was over.

In addition to the dead, at least 15 people were taken to hospital, the police chief, P.K. Thakur said. Police are examining closed circuit television pictures to determine what had triggered the stampede.

(Reporting by Jatin Das and Rupam Jain Nair; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani; and Robin Pomeroy)